Crossland, Nellie – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon

Nellie Crossland, 99, of La Grande, died June 28 at a local care center. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements.

The Observer – July 01, 2008
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Nellie E. Crossland, 99, of Union, died June 28 at a local care center. A memorial graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the Union Cemetery.

Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements.

Nellie was born Aug. 29, 1908, to James E. and Melissa McClellan in Darlington, Idaho. She had six sisters and four brothers.

Nellie, known also as Nell, and two of her brothers came to Union with their parents in 1921. She graduated from Union High School in May 1926 and married Reginald Wood the same year. They had two children, Shirley and Don. Reginald died in 1929 as a result of an injury.

Nell later married James “Dick” Robertson and they had a daughter, Nellie Mae. Dick was an Oregon State Trooper for many years and was stationed in La Grande and Pendleton.

After retiring, they moved to Union. Nell was employed at the Baker-Union Co-op Creamery from 1945 until 1957.

After leaving the creamery she was the Union city recorder until her retirement in 1971 and marriage to Lloyd Crossland. The couple spent years together traveling to various places and states to explore, hunt, fish and enjoy camping. Lloyd died in 1993.

The remainder of Nellie’s life was spent at home enjoying her family, friends and working in her yard, raising flowers and a garden.

Survivors include her daughter, Shirley Shanks of Union; son and daughter-in-law, Don and Diana Wood of Union; daughter and son-in-law, Nellie Mae and Darrel Wood of Union; seven grandchildren; many great- and great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives. A granddaughter and great-grandson preceded her in death.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the GRH Hospice.

The Observer – July 7, 2008

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